Helle Krunke

Helle Krunke

Head of Centre, Professor, Director of centre, professor

Member of:

    Head of Centre for European and Comparative Legal Studies (CECS).

    President of the International Association of Constitutional Law (IACL): http://www.iacl-aidc.org/en/. IACL Blog: https://blog-iacl-aidc.org/. IACL Twitter: https://twitter.com/iacl_aidc.

    Honorary Doctor, Jur Dr. h.c., at the University of Lund (2023).

    Responsible for "Institutional Constitutional Law and EU Constitutional Law", 2nd year, and a number of master courses.

    Danish partner and teamleader in the interdisciplinary Horizon2020 project DEMOS on 'Democratic Efficacy and the Varieties of Populism in Europe': https://demos-h2020.eu/en/.

    Danish partner and teamleader in the Jean Monet Network 'BRIDGE' on the future of the European Union: https://bridgenetwork.eu/

    Co-PI (together with Prof. Cristina Lioma, Computer Science, UCPH) for the research project "Error and Accountability in Digitised Public Decision Making", ERRATUM.

    PI for the NOS-HS-funded network 'CONNOR 2030: Constitutionalism in the Nordics' on current constitutional challenges: Digitalization, climate change and migration. 

    Member of the Nordic research project Nordic ConReason on judicial reasoning at Nordic Supreme Courts: https://www.oru.se/english/research/projects/jps/nordic-conreason/.  

    Primary fields of research

    Constitutional Law

    Comparative Constitutional Law

    EU Constitutional Law

    EU Law 

    Current research

    Selected invited paper presentations: University of Oxford (2015 and 2019), University of Sorbonne (2014, 2015 and 2016), European University Institute (2014, 2016 and 2018), University College London (2019 and 2022), LUISS (2015, 2016 and 2017), University of Kent (2015 and 2018), University of Oslo (2015, 2016 and 2023), University of Bergen (2022 and 2023), University of Sienna (2017), Foundation for European Progressive Studies & Sheffield Political Economy Reserach Institute & Policy Network, Brussels (2017), City University of Hong Kong (2017), University of Melbourne (2017), University of New South Wales (2017), European Law Institute (2023), and IACL conferences in Shanghai (2018),  Cordoba, Argentina (2022), and Johannesburg (2022).

    Research topics include:

    Challenges for democracy: Partner in the interdisciplinary  research project Horizon 2020 DEMOS: Democratic Efficacy and the Varieties of Populism in Europe: https://demos-h2020.eu/en. Involved in a Nordic and in a global IACL research project on the impact of Covid-19 on constitutionalism, human rights and democracy.  Studied the impact of the EU and internationalization in general on national democracy including the competences of national Parliaments since 1999. Challenges to democracy caused by digitalization, see below.  

    Impact of digitalization on democracy: Member of the Scientific Board of the research network IMODEV: Improving Public Policies in a Digital World, University of Sorbonne, Co-PI (with Prof. Christina Lioma, Computer Science, UCPH) for ERRATUM, 'Error and Accountability in Digitised Public Decision Making', and PI for 'CONNOR2030 Constitutionalism in the Nordics' on current challenges within Constitutional Law: Digitalization, Climate Change and Migration. 

    European integration and the crises of the EU: Partner in the Jean Monet Network BRIDGE which investigates interconnections between various crises the European Union is currently facing, namely the Brexit crisis, the €uro crisis, migration/Schengen crisis, the rule of law and populism crises: https://bridgenetwork.eu/, and Contributed to EU research project on 'The Role and of Future of National Constitututions in European and Global Governance', financed by the ERC: https://www.springer.com/gp/book/9789462652729

    Transnational solidarity: Interdisciplinary research project (Law, Political Science, Philosophy, History, Sociology) on transnational solidarity: 'Transantional Solidarity. Concept, Challenges and Opportunities', Cambridge University Press, 2020: https://www.cambridge.org/core/books/transnational-solidarity/29C2FF4EFBAA39D14A83F5B58EB0EC48. Book review in Common Market Law Review:  @CMLRevhttps://t.co/6URMVWdHir

    Demographic challenges: Social and pension welfare reforms, generational justice and democracy. See a.o.: Helle Krunke: Pensionsreform. De Retlige Grænser og Muligheder. Berettigede forventninger, Generationsfordeling, Demokrati, Djøfs' Forlag, 2010. 

    Constitutional identity: A.o. contributed to a research project on 'Constitutional Identity in a Europe of Multilevel Constitutionalism' led by Prof. Christian Calliess, Freie Universität, Berlin: https://www.cambridge.org/core/books/constitutional-identity-in-a-europe-of-multilevel-constitutionalism/E7A23B61431319F199267AF8E719CEEB

    Comparative Nordic Constitutional Law: The Nordic Constitutions. A Comparative and Constextual Study: https://www.bloomsburyprofessional.com/uk/the-nordic-constitutions-9781509910946/. Currently part of a comparative research project ConReason on judicial reasoning of Nordic Supreme Courts: https://www.oru.se/english/research/projects/jps/nordic-conreason/. 

    Constitutional change - formal and informal: Member of Research Group on Constitution Making and Constitutional Change, under IACL, and several publications in this feild.

    Rule of Law: Member of Research Group on Rule of Law Tradtions of the World, under IACL, and Partner in Horizon 2020 DEMOS: https://demos-h2020.eu/en.

    Judges as guardians of constitutionalism and human rights: Cooperation between CECS and EUI, Forence, Italy: https://www.e-elgar.com/shop/judges-as-guardians-of-constitutionalism-and-human-rights.

    Textbook: On Constitutional Law and EU Constitutional Law


    Helle Krunke performs reviews for international publishers such as Oxford University Press, and international journals such as European Constitutional Law Review (CUP) and European Political Science Review (CUP). 


    Course supervisor "Constitutional Law and EU Constitutional Law, institutions", second year, BA

    Course supervisor for the following master courses: Advanced EU Constitutional Law, EU International Relations Law, International Diplomatic Law and Praktisk forfatningsret i en politisk verden, MA

    Lectures in “Constitutional Law and EU Constitutional Law, institutions”, lectures, second year

    Selected publications

    1. Published

      Transnational Solidarity: Concept, Challenges and Opportunities

      Krunke, Helle (ed.), Petersen, Hanne (ed.) & Manners, I. J. (ed.), 2020, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 446 p.

      Research output: Book/ReportAnthologyResearchpeer-review

    2. Published

      The Nordic Constitutions: A Comparative and Contextual Study

      Krunke, Helle (ed.) & Thorarersen, B. (ed.), 2018, Oxford: Hart Publishing. 258 p. (Hart Studies in Comparative Public Law, Vol. 23).

      Research output: Book/ReportAnthologyResearchpeer-review

    3. Published

      Judges as Guardians of Constitutionalism and Human Rights

      Scheinin, M. (ed.), Krunke, Helle (ed.) & Aksenova, M. (ed.), 2016, Edward Elgar Publishing.

      Research output: Book/ReportAnthologyResearchpeer-review

    4. Published

      The Danish Ajos-case – the missing case from Maastricht and Lisbon

      Krunke, Helle & Klinge, Sune, 2018, In: European Papers - A Journal on Law and Integration. 3, 1, p. 157-182 25 p.

      Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articlepeer-review

    5. Published

      Courts as protectors of the people: constitutional identity, popular legitimacy and human rights

      Krunke, Helle, 2016, Judges as Guardians of Constitutionalism and Human Rights. Scheinin, M., Krunke, H. & Aksenova, M. (eds.). Cheltenham, UK - Northampton, USA: Edward Elgar Publishing, p. 71-95 25 p.

      Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

    6. Published

      Constitutional Identity in the Nordic Countries 1950-2015

      Krunke, Helle, 2022, Internationalization and Re-Confessionalization: Law and Religion in the Nordic Realm 1945-2017. Slotte, P., Gregersen, N. & Årsheim, H. (eds.). Syddansk Universitetsforlag, p. 339-362 24 p.

      Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

    7. Published

      Global Values, International Organisations and Constitutional Change

      Krunke, Helle, 2020, Handbook of Comparative Constitutional Change. Contiades, X. & Fotiadou, A. (eds.). Routledge, 14 p.

      Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

    8. Published

      Constitutional Identity in Denmark: Extracting Constitutional Identity in the Context of a Restrained Supreme Court and a Strong Legislature,

      Krunke, Helle, 2019, Constitutional Identity in a Europe of Multilevel Constitutionalism. Calliess, C. & van der Schyff, G. (eds.). Cambridge University Press, p. 114-133 20 p.

      Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

    9. Published

      Towards Increased Citizen Participation in Europe: Impact of Current Developments on Political Decision Making and Democracy

      Krunke, Helle & Dalsgaard, J. C., 2016, In: International Journal of Open Governments/Revue Internationale des Gouvernements Ouverts. 2016, 2, p. 107-130 24 p.

      Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articlepeer-review

    10. Published

      Sovereignty, constitutional identity, direct democracy? Direct democracy as a national strategy for upholding the nation state in EU integration

      Krunke, Helle, 2017, Participatory Constitutional Change: The People as Amenders of the Constitution. Contiades, X. & Fontidou, A. (eds.). Oxon, UK - New York, US: Routledge, p. 191-208 18 p. (Comparative Constitutional Change Series).

      Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

    11. Published

      National Citizenship and EU Citizenship: What Actual Competence is Left for the Member States in the Field of Citizenship?

      Krunke, Helle & Schulyok, F., 2014, The EU Between "an Ever Closer Union" and Inalienable Policy Domains of Member States. Giegerich, T., Gstrein, O. J. & Zeitzmann, S. (eds.). Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft, p. 107-152 46 p.

      Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

    12. Published

      The Danish Lisbon Judgment: Danish Supreme Court, Case 199/2012, Judgment of 20 February 2013

      Krunke, Helle, 2014, In: European Constitutional Law Review. 10, 3, p. 542-570 29 p.

      Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articlepeer-review

    13. Published

      Freedom of information and Open Government in Denmark: Progress or deterioration

      Krunke, Helle, 2015, Revue Internationale des Gouvernements Ouverts: International Journal of Open Government. Bouhadana, I., Gilles, W. & Weaver, R. (eds.). Paris: Les Éditions IMODEV, Vol. 2015. p. 65-76 12 p.

      Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingArticle in proceedingsResearchpeer-review

    14. Published

      Pensionsreform: De retlige grænser og muligheder. Berettigede forventinger. Generationsfordeling. Demokrati

      Krunke, Helle, 2010, København: Djøf Forlag. 349 p.

      Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

    15. Published

      Prøvelse af lovligheden af Danmarks deltagelse i Irak-krigen

      Krunke, Helle, 2010, In: Juristen. 8, p. 226-232 7 p.

      Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articlepeer-review

    16. Published

      Lissabonsagen - Med magt følger ansvar

      Krunke, Helle, 2013, In: Juristen. 95, 5, p. 216-225 10 p.

      Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articlepeer-review

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